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Helping Kids Fight Obesity

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Best Online Info Sources

Need trustworthy, up-to-date information on how to help you kids —or grand kids— avoid obesity? If so, you’ll want to take a look at the top-notch sources shown below. UF Health registered dietitian and nutrition information specialists recommended these highly reliable sources as among the best.

empowerME

This kid-friendly venue helps youngsters motivate each other to be healthier by participating in polls, joining in conversations with peers about the challenges of—and solutions to—obesity and, perhaps best of all, sharing their own success stories. This site was created by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which, at its own web pages (healthiergeneration.org), offers practical tips—like how parents can talk to their kids about obesity—and much more.

Nourish Interactive

Vetted by nurses and registered dietitians, this energetic site teems with online games for kids, plus blogs, newsletters, health-hint calendars, lesson plans, and worksheets for parents and educators—all instantly accessible via a free log-in.

Kidnetic.com

Find yet more games here, plus recipes and other content offered by the International Food Information Council to help kids move more and eat better.

Kidshealth.org

Health and medical experts share kid-focused information on all facets of health—including overweight and obesity—for this graphics-rich, easy-to-navigate Nemours Foundation site.

Girlshealth.gov

Find smart choices for ordering fast food, or advice on how to achieve a healthy weight, at this award-winning, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site for girls ages 10 to 16.

Weight Management and Obesity Resource List

Concerned about your child’s weight? You may want to go directly to page 24 of this comprehensive, helpful collection. Later, peruse the rest: more than 150 books, rochures, and articles on weight management and obesity, all carefully selected by the National Agricultural Library’s Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Effective Health Care Program

HRQ’s Effective Health Care Program has a new consumer summary on different child obesity prevention programs and settings that are effective. 

Weight Management for Youth

More than a dozen links to weight-manage mentor oriented websites specifically for kids, teens, and parents are offered here, including Let’s Move! 

We Can!

Online training and other aids featured at this National Institutes of Health site may help parents get their kids to make better food choices, be more active, and spend less time watching TV.

MyPlate.gov

MyPlate helps users achieve and maintain a healthy weight by explaining what—and how much—to eat from each of the food groups and by providing handy tools, such as menu planners, for creating healthy meals.

Healthy Youth! Childhood Obesity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides links to sites with science-based strategies that schools and communities can use to tackle the obesity epidemic; see also this site’s statistics on the prevalence of childhood obesity.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center To Prevent Childhood Obesity

Get inspired by this organization’s array of strategies to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by the year 2015. Use the “Reversing the Epidemic” tab to find the “What Individuals and Families Can Do” link, offering practical suggestions that might work in your community.